I wrote about it last month in my DIY Elderberry Syrup Recipe post. (**Please refer to that post for additional information.)
Since then, we have customized the recipe 3 ways.
All variations start with the Elderberry Concentrate. This is sometimes used as a base for Elderberry tea.
Elderberry Concentrate Ingredients:
1/2 cup dried organic Elderberries
3 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
3 organic cloves
1 Tbsp shredded fresh organic ginger
Place berries, water and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes until liquid is reduced by half.
Smash the berries to release remaining juice and strain the mixture.
Allow the concentrate to cool to room temperature.
Once cooled, pour the concentrate into clean jars and refrigerate.
Take 1/2 – 1 Tbsp. daily to build the immune system.
This works well for babies for babies and toddlers who should not consume raw honey.
This is a good option for anyone who needs to minimize sugar.
Variation 1 is delicious added to a cup of hot cider or a smoothie.
Variation 2: Standard Recipe
Once the concentrate has cooled, stir in 1 cup of raw honey.
Pour into clean glass jars and store in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 months.
For adults, take one tablespoon four times daily while sick.
For children, take 1/2 tablespoon four times daily. **
If using for children under the age of 2, honey MUST be added to the syrup while hot to kill any microbes in the honey.
Follow directions for Variation 2, but only use 1/2 cup of raw honey.
While we primarily use Variations 1 & 3 for building our immune systems, that will change if anyone gets sick. Variation 2 is the one that has proven health benefits for speeding up the recovery time from the flu.
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